Iowa St. reaches 1st Huge 12 title sport; OU is ready


Iowa State and Oklahoma will meet in the Big 12 championship game after each team occupies a berth on Saturday.

The No. 9 Cyclones (8-1) will play their first Big 12 title in program history. They will also take first place in the conference's regular season standings, the first time they have accomplished this feat. On Saturday, the Cyclones dominated West Virginia 42: 6, celebrating their fifth Big 12 win in a row and their eighth conference win. Both are school records.

"It's special, that's for sure, just because Iowa State was there," said quarterback Brock Purdy. "Finally getting to the game we all dream of is pretty cute."

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No. 11 Oklahoma (7-2) celebrated his fifth trip in a row to the Big 12 championship game with a 27-14 win over Baylor on Saturday evening. The Sooners' streak began in 2010 when they defeated Nebraska before the 2011-2016 title game was suspended because the Big 12 did not have the number of teams required to host a championship game after the conference reorganized.

Since the league reintroduced the Big 12 title game in 2017, the Sooners have qualified and won for all three.

The Sooners, who started 2-0 in conference play this season, have won six games in a row to secure their place in the championship game. Including the championship titles they won in 2015 and 2016 when there was no championship final, they will aim for their sixth consecutive Big 12 crown.

"It says a lot about the culture of this program," said coach Lincoln Riley. "This team has managed to maintain the fighting spirit of OU football.

"When you come to OU it's only part of the business. You will always be on a big stage, there will always be expectations of winning championships and these things are not easy."

The Big 12 Championship takes place on December 19th at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.